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ORDINANCE CHANGE FOR FORECLOSURES: Sheriff's Sale fees changing

March 12, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — An ordinance amendment changing fees involved with Sheriff Sales of real property has been adopted by the Whitley County Commissioners and should take effect beginning in April. The fees are typically paid by the attorney’s office representing the interest of the mortgage company that holds the lien on the foreclosed property.

Whitley County Sheriff Mark Hodges said the first increase would be a flat fee for administrative paperwork that needs to be done, proposed at $83. Administrative tasks can include getting the initial notice, making phone calls, gathering information, starting a file and beginning the proper paperwork to get the sale set up.

Additionally, $43 or a varied rate will be added for work done during the civil process of the sale preparation. The process includes the written notification to those listed on the property, as well as the public posting of the sale.

Each person listed on the property has to receive separate notification.
Hodges said another line on the cost is $25, for paper, envelopes and postage. Most of that fee goes specifically for postage, as the mail has to be sent separately and by certified mail.

A full description of the revised ordinance will be published in the newspaper and the new changes are scheduled to take effect on April 1.
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